In a plot twist that no one saw coming, Hollywood Talent at odds of 99-1 shocked the field of the Grade 3 Turf Monster at Parx Racing, passing Admiral Abe in deep stretch to take the five-furlong stakes.
With Ricardo Santana, Jr. aboard, Hollywood Talent broke cleanly, settling toward the back of the pack early, content to hang two wide off the rail as Admiral Abe and Firecrow ran one-two. Entering the far turn, Santana hustled his mount on the outside, boldly moving into contention as they turned into the stretch.
In the Parx straight, Admiral Abe took the lead from Firecrow with Hollywood Talent rallying on his outside. As Firecrow faded from contention, Santana and his 10-year-old gelding dug in, passing Admiral Abe in the race’s final yards to take the G3 Turf Monster by 1 1/4 lengths.
The final time for the five furlongs over a good turf course was :59.51. Find this race’s chart here.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Hollywood Talent is by the Diamond B Farm stallion Talent Search out of the Johannesburg mare Intrinsic Value.
He is owned by King Star and trained by Juan Vazquez. His victory in the G3 Turf Monster is his first victory in five starts in 2021, for a lifetime record of 12 wins in 52 starts and career earnings of $635,07.